MOTHERWELL boss Stephen Robinson praised the character of his players as they prepare for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden.

The Fir Park gaffer admitted his team could have gone into freefall after the disappointment of their 2-0 League Cup Final defeat from Celtic in November.

Robinson’s cause wasn’t helped with the injury to Louis Moult and then the January sale of his side’s top striker while they endured a run of six defeats and two draws.

The Well chief said: “Our results after that Final, coupled with injuries, brought about a lull. It’s hard psychologically to get the boys going again because they have given everything to get to a Final.

“Craig Hinchcliffe on our staff was at Dundee United and he made us well aware of what happened there – and it could happen to anyone.

“You go on a run after a disappointment and then you get injuries. They were the hardest thing for us rather than the Cup Final loss which we dealt with in a week.

“We didn’t bleat about it at the time, but when I look back there are things we could have done better.

“I learned a lot during that period. We won one in 11 during that November/December period and that’s the reason we are not in the top six.

“But the season could have unravelled completely. We were determined to ensure it didn’t.

“Our motivation was to go again and try and reach another Final. The lads got a lot of publicity the last time, it raised their profiles. That was our drive, to get there again.

“It’s a credit to everyone here that we’ve been able to galvanise it, bring people in on a budget and get everyone going again.

“The character of the boys is such even when they’re losing games they won’t lie down.

“The determination and drive is incredible at times.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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